What is better than Okta®?

Written by George Lattimore on July 19, 2018

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The identity management world is quite active these days. With companies going public and acquisitions flying off the charts, IT organizations are keen to learn more about how they can leverage IAM technology to better control and secure their organizations.

One area of the industry that has been particularly interesting to keep up with is web application single sign-on (SSO). For leading web application SSO providers like Okta®, this raises the question: what is better than Okta? Furthermore, IT admins are watching this space and wondering, will this category stick around, or will it be subsumed by something bigger?

Better Platforms, or Better Approaches?

Better Platforms, or Better Approaches?

Essentially, there are two ways to take on this question. One would be to focus on what other web app SSO platforms are available that could be a better fit for an organization than Okta. The short answer here is that there are many potential solutions from the major companies in the world, including Microsoft®, Google®, and Amazon®. There are also a number of smaller startups that provide the IDaaS function as Okta does.

However, the more interesting question at hand here is to focus on whether there is a better approach to connecting users to the IT resources they need. In other words, what’s available that’s better than a web application SSO platform?

Most organizations that are leveraging web app SSO solutions are using it in conjunction with an on-prem identity provider, namely Microsoft Active Directory® (MAD or AD). This combination of on-prem and cloud creates some interesting challenges for IT organizations that include high costs and cumbersome workflows. Further, because this combination doesn’t handle non-Windows® systems, cloud infrastructure hosted at AWS®, WiFi authentication, Samba file servers and NAS appliances, etc., there are still gaps in the approach for a comprehensive identity management system and process to fill.

So, What is Better than Okta®?

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With all of these issues and challenges, IT organizations are struggling with what is better than Okta or the AD plus web app SSO model. The good news is that there are alternative approaches that can make a great deal of sense for IT organizations.

In particular, a cloud identity management platform called JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service® is creating the next generation identity provider from the cloud. This modern approach to directory services is tightly integrating a number of different categories including centralized user management, True Single Sign-On™, cloud LDAP, hosted RADIUS, system management, multi-factor authentication, and much more.

Expanding SSO to JumpCloud® Directory-as-a-Service®

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If you’re still wondering what is better than Okta or are interested in hearing more about how JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service can replace the AD plus web app SSO model, contact JumpCloud directly. A product expert will be happy to answer any questions you have and can set you up with a personalized demo. Ready to see the features in action for yourself? Sign up for free, and explore the platform. Your first 10 users can be registered at no charge, forever.

George Lattimore

George is a writer at JumpCloud, a central source for authenticating, authorizing, and managing your IT infrastructure through the cloud. With a degree in Marketing and an MS in Public Communications and Technology, George enjoys writing about how the IT landscape is adapting to a diversified field of technology.

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